South Carolina is a strict liability state for dog bites. There is no “one bite rule.” A person who is bitten or otherwise attacked by a dog can seek compensation from the animal’s owner without having to prove that the owner was negligent or that the dog was known to be dangerous. This law applies if the injured person was in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the dog’s owner or another person who was keeping or caring for the dog. There is one exception to the rule – if the dog was provoked to attack, the owner is not liable for resulting injuries.
Dogs are man’s best friend and protectors of property, but they can also be very dangerous. There are many cases of people sustaining dog bites that leave them with catastrophic injuries. If you believe that another person’s negligence contributed to you suffering a dog bite, you should consult with an experienced dog bite attorney to see if you should file for a claim.
The dog population in the U.S. is currently between 83 million and 88 million, as reported by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). With that many canines living among people, dog bites are bound to happen. Any dog can bite, regardless of breed, age, or gender. If you or your child has been bitten, it may be reassuring to know that not all dogs who bite a person are put down.
A dog attack is a traumatic experience, especially when it happens to a child. We know it’s difficult, but try to remain as calm as possible and make sure the person who was bitten receives immediate medical care.
More than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs every year, as reported by American Humane. More than half of dog bite victims are children. Dogs attack children for a variety of reasons, and any dog is capable of biting under certain conditions. With more dogs seen in public places today, it is important to know what to do in case a dog bites your child.